The Day After


I don’t know about you, but I have election hangover.  I stayed up way too late and then couldn’t sleep for thinking about the billions, yes billions, of dollars spent on this campaign and wondering how many of those dollars influenced voters.  Somehow I suspect that most of us would vote the same way if the expenditures were far less, but that is subject for another discussion.

In any case, preparations for dinner the day after were going to be pretty simple.  No red, no blue, just the colors of fall in the gerbera daisies and the gourds that traveled with me from Maine and will be used through Thanksgiving.  How easy it is to use the gourds as a starting point.

Tonight they inspired me to choose orange placements and dishes  with orange, yellow and green.  These dishes happen to be the very first I have gotten from the Dollar Store where so many of you find such treasures.

For fun, I put the smaller gourds in the bowls.  I love these little guys which came from a friend’s garden.

When it’s just the hubby and me home for dinner we eat at the bar, a comfortable place to share events of the day.

No matter how simple the setting, it only takes a minute to add little touches that make whatever setting an unexpected treat.  For me one of those touches can be a cloth napkin tucked into a napkin ring or folded in a playful manner.

By sheer coincidence even the label on tonight’s wine happily blends into the color scheme.  Wonder if that will make it taste better!

All is ready, and when the hubby sat down he asked what he was supposed to do with that little thing in the bowl!  I thought for a second and thought it better not to suggest he bite into it.  I do want those gourds to be around for a while longer.

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31 thoughts on “The Day After

  1. I have literal and figurative election hangover. We stayed up much too late watching the returns, and I SO regret it! At least the anxiety of “Who’s calling” on my cell phone (my CELL phone…why are they allowed to call our cell phones?!??!!!) is gone now. I must admit I was none to nice with the live bodies who had the misfortune of having me on the other end of the line! 🙂 I agree with you that even for the most relaxed meal, a special little touch here and there make all the difference. It’s the line between “dining” and simply “eating.” Husbands are funny! They don’t totally get the “just for decoration” thing….but give it time. Give it time! 😉

    1. I didn’t even answer my phone the last days before the election. Turned off the answering machine, too, so I was virtually out of touch.

  2. I had an election hangover, too. My words exactly this morning. And the over $6 billion spent…makes me sick thinking about it. Sigh. Back to beautiful things that don’t cost much! xoxo!

    1. Like a bottle of wine from Trader Joe’s?

  3. Me too.

    I didn’t sleep well at all. I told SH I was ‘overstimulated.’ I am so glad the whole thing is over.

  4. I’m glad the election is over, too! I do love your setting at the bar with your $ Store dishes. The centerpiece is perfect.

    1. Thanks, Kitty. I’m always happy to hear from you.

  5. I agree! I thought they set limits years ago and now they just abandon those and it is ridiculous the money spent.

    I love your gourds. Aren’t they the funkiest things ever? What tells a plant to have bumps and layers of colors. They are such a fun thing to start the table with. I gardened all day to take my mind off the election results and played Christmas music while I did it. We had 70 degree weather but snow is 2 days away so I had to do it quick.

    1. Christmas music? I can’t get there yet. Time is just going way too fast.

  6. A cheery tablescape to chase the blues away! Just what is needed right now…

  7. I am so glad to make your heart sing.
    Thank you for your visit always
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  8. Wow, I can’t believe you got those dishes from the dollar store! They look expensive! It’s so nice that you make dinner special with a beautiful setting. I need to do that more often!

    Found you via Thursday Favorite Things 🙂

    1. Thanks for dropping by. If you could see the dishes up a little closer, you wouldn’t think they looked so expensive. (: Oh well, they serve the purpose.

  9. I love the lable on the wine bottle !
    And what a perfect place for a meal for two.

  10. I am suffering from post election blues too – finally, it is safe to answer the phone again. Your table setting is lovely – wonderful way to celebrate a meal.

    1. I just turned my answering machine back on. The last few days were nothing but political calls and I didn’t take a one.

  11. It is nice to make dinner special even if it is a casual mean at the bar. I sounds like you are at your home back in Texas.

    1. Yep, back in Texas. It takes some getting used to!

  12. Ha ha, love the colors and the bright flowers with the gourds! Be careful, my husband thinks he’s a tablescaper now and is always trying to suggest things! Shellac your gourds and they will last until next year!
    Jenna

    1. Thanks for the tip. Why have I never thought of shellacing the gourds and using them again instead of getting new ones every year?

  13. What a beautiful table, Lulu. Your DollarTree plates are perfect, really pretty. Love the gourds, such pretty colors and texture…..Christine

  14. What a beautiful table, Lulu. Your DollarTree plates are perfect, really pretty. Love the gourds, such pretty colors and texture. I stayed up watching the election coverage too..Christine

  15. Very beautiful, creative table with those gorgeous fall colours. Warm and cozy setting.
    Thanks for sharing.
    Hope to see you on my blog:)

    1. Thanks for dropping by. I often visit your blog as I am very attracted to your colorful presentations.

  16. You always inspire with such ease and artistic flair. Simple but so classy. I love the gerber daisies and gourds as your centerpiece. Thanks for your emails and comments. So good to hear from you.

  17. This is such as beautiful table setting! I agree with Bonnie, it’s simple but so classy. I think I can mimic it… Thank you, Lulu!

    1. Amy, most of my tables are pretty easy to mimic as there is generally no fuss, just a little color and texture.

  18. a lovely table of Autumn colors. Thank you for sharing at the Thursday Favorite Things hop. Wishing you a happy weekend. xo

  19. I need to check out $ Tree…those are cute dishes! Are those Kings Crown/Thumbprint glasses?

    1. If the glasses are not the Kings Crown, I don’t know what they are. My now husband gave them to me before we were married. I’m sure he didn’t know what he was buying!!!

  20. I agree with you about the excessive money spent on the campaigns. I think those guys just like to watch themselves on television. You’ve achieved a great mix of colors for your intimate dinner for two. I love the one shot that you took with the background darkened ( awkward term…senior moment…backlit shot?). Thanks for inviting us for a peak. Cherry Kay

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